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March 2018 Wine Country Events Round Up

march events wine countrySpring is almost upon us, and March 2018 is full of wonderful (and mostly family-friendly) events all around Wine Country! So get out of the house and into the sun at one of the many events around our community.

March 2018 Wine Country Events

**Click on the event name to be taken to the website for more information.

:Bodega Bay:

Bodega Marine Laboratory Tours

March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2018

Explore the dynamic biodiversity of the Northern California Coast during a free, docent-led tour of the Bodega Marine Laboratory! All ages are welcome. See the numerous marine aquarium displays containing colorful fish and other creatures. These public drop in tours are offered most Fridays, 2 – 4 p.m.

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Cotatitarod

March 3, 2018

We’re back! The 2nd Annual Cotatitarod is now underway. Gather four friends and become a team of five to run the race! Registration is open from February 1st through the 28th, 2018. Fee is $50 per team prepaid, and each team needs to donate at least 60 pounds of food to the Redwood Empire Food Bank the day of the race.

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:Healdsburg:

She Persisted – The Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society

March 1 – 31, 2018 (open Wed – Sun)

The She Persisted exhibition highlights notable women and women’s organizations in local history. FREE Admission!

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Literacyworks & Copperfield’s Books Present Steven Pinker

March 12, 2018

Featured Book: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom. With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism. Pinker shows us that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. Steven Pinker is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers.

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:Rohnert Park:

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, Film Screening

March 2, 2018

Bay Area Filmmaker Connie Field’s critically acclaimed documentary on the wartime experiences of women workers. Juxtaposing old photographs and newsreel footage with reminiscences of five former Rosies, the film forms a bittersweet statement about American attitudes and hypocritical doctrines. “These were no tap-dancing girls swaying rhythmically at Lockheed, as Hollywood imaged them, but earnest individuals who had their dreams of economic survival, who really did praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.” – Albert Johnson. Selected by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry. Director Connie Field will be present to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

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78/52, Film Screening

March 9 & 11, 2018

Sonoma County Premiere! The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience.

Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich—director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings. The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs. Director Alexandre Philippe will introduce the film and answer questions after the Friday screening.

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Spring Forward, Flash Back – Second Sunday Family Fun Series

March 11, 2018

Join us for family-friendly games and activities, food, drinks and live music. For March 2018, we’re featuring a FREE community concert by 80s Hair Band AQUA NETT! As always we’ll have food and drinks for sale and the fabulous KidZone with crafts, games, toys, and face painting. Each month of our event series features different themes and unique activities. If you have any questions about our events, feel free to call the Community Center front desk at 707-588-3456.

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Lost in Paris, Film Screening

March 16 & 18, 2018

North Bay Premiere! “Fiona (Fiona Gordon), a shy and nerdy librarian, visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic octogenarian Aunt Martha (Emmanuelle Riva). All manner of comic catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom (Dominique Abel), a gently anarchic homeless man who has yet to have an emotion or thought he was afraid of expressing, or an appetite he hasn’t tried to immediately satisfy. Gordon and Abel, the writer-directors of cult classics L’ICEBERG and THE FAIRY, and contemporary heirs apparent to Keaton and Tati, again construct a quietly dizzying succession of chance meetings, mistaken identities, impossible coincidences and elaborate stunts and gags. In their eccentric alternate universe, a backpack, old photos and some stray bottles of champagne somehow become magical erotic talismans. And you won’t want to miss the film’s main theme song, written by Loudon Wainwright III and sung by Kate and Anna McGarrigle.” – Telluride Film Festival. 

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Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage, Santa Rosa Symphony

March 18, 2018

Join Mozart’s young son, Karl, as he visits his father and learns of his extraordinary life. From the meeting of the Queen of England and the Pope, to visiting the Sistine Chapel and experiencing Carnivale. Discover the great master’s passion for composing as they embark on a journey into the world of The Magic Flute, rescuing a princess from an enchanted castle. Pre-concert fun for kids of all ages.

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:Santa Rosa:

Whirling Waters Vortex: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 1 – 31, 2018 (Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays)

Whirling Waters will be set up every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Mary’s Garden. Be prepared to get wet! *Weather permitting*

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Colors of Spanish: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2018

Come join Guadalupe of Colors of Spanish and our team of Spanish educators in a Spanish Story time. These free family events combine the cultural richness of the Spanish language with the true exuberance of our instructor’s story telling! If your family is interested in culture, the Spanish language, or just having fun, this is not to be missed! For kids 1 – 5 years. Siblings welcome.

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Musical Moments with Nancy: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2018

Each Thursday morning, join Nancy Nelle in exploring music-making. This program fills quickly, so come early to secure your spot! Sign-up required at front desk

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Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz: A Child Participation Play

March 2 – 11, 2018

Will Dorothy & Toto ever defeat the Wicked Witch and find their way back to Kansas? With the help of the children in this audience, the answer is a definite “Yes!” Don’t miss out on this exciting and unique opportunity for your child to get out of the audience and into the action helping Dorothy & her friends! Your child might help as a Scarecrow stuffer, a Toto watcher, a helpful Tree, or perhaps give the Tin Man moral support. Join us and find out!

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Crazy, Awesome Science: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2018

Each Friday afternoon we’ll explore science. This program often includes a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science for everyone. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and MANY more! Come find out what we’re discovering this week! *Programs are free with admission to the Museum*

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Toddler Sensory Play: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2018

Join us every Friday morning in Totopia for toddler sensory experiences. We’ll bring out activities like mad matter, bubber, oobleck, and other sensory exploration activities for your little one to hone their sensory exploration skills.

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20th Annual Ken Garr All-Star Magic Show

March 3, 2018

A nationally renowned entertainer, Ken mixes quick-witted one-liners and loony physical comedy with masterful illusions and slight-of-hand hocus-pocus that puts smiles and dismay on the faces of his audiences. The two different performances on March 3rd are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Fields Social Hall of FUMC, 1551 Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa (1 block east of Memorial Hospital). Admission is $7 for the hour-long family matinee, and $12 for the full-length general show. Tickets will also available at the door on a first-come basis. Proceeds benefit FUMC’s Homeless Ministry Outreach.

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KidsWorks: Friedman’s Home Improvement Center

March 3, 2018

Join Museum-on-the-Go at Friedman’s Home Improvement Santa Rosa Store the first Saturday of every month from 9am – 12pm for KidsWorks Creative Workshop. KidsWorks is proudly brought to you by a partnership between Friedman’s and the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. The theme changes monthly, so come celebrate the seasons and have a BLAST exploring the Museum-on-the-Go’s interactive displays. FREE. Rain or shine, under the giant canopy next to the garden center.

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Laugh Your Bingo Off

March 3, 2018

Stand Up Comedy & Bingo UNITE. Play Bingo to a stand up comedy show! Win great prizes and dance a little, too.

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Safari West @ Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 3 & 17, 2018

Join Safari West the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month for a hands-on program at the Children’s Museum!

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Art Spark: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 3, 10, 17, 24,&  31, 2018

Every Saturday afternoon join us from 2 – 3 p.m. to explore different kinds of art making from watercolor prints to printmaking to felting or building cars! Each week brings a new way to create masterpieces – make sure to stop by to see what we’re crafting! *Programs are free with admission to the Museum!

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Visit with a Beekeeper: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 9, 2018

We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper on the second Friday of the month from 1 – 2:30 p.m. 

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Arbor Day Tree Planting Party

March 10, 2018

Bring your family and celebrate Arbor Day at our community tree-planting party and park beautification event. Learn about what makes trees important to our natural and urban environments, and what makes Santa Rosa a Tree City USA! Arbor Day is the birthday of the late famed botanist and Santa Rosa resident Luther Burbank, so expect cake!

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St. Patrick’s Day 5K

March 11, 2018

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K is a chip-timed race open to all ages and abilities, and participants receive a commemorative mug at the finish line! Stick around after the race for the post-run celebration complete with a judged costume contest, fun activities, sponsor giveaways and music! Plus, all finishers get to fill their race mug with root beer courtesy of Whole Foods Market or a beer from HenHouse Brewing Company for those 21+.

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Veggies & Stories with Librarian Kate: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 15, 2018

Reading books builds strong brains and eating fruits & veggies builds strong bodies! Get a taste of both when you visit Librarian Kate’s story time.  She’ll read stories and have some samples of local fruits to try. Join us for some brainy and brawny fun!

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Friday Family Late Night: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 17, 2018

Have a family date night and play late at the Children’s Museum! Join us the 3rd Friday of the month for Friday Family Nights (March – September), when the Museum will be open until 7 p.m. Event free with paid museum admission. Explore interactive exhibits after hours or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy slices of Mary’s Pizza Shack pizza for $2/slice, and cold drinks for $1.

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Spring in the Laguna: Birdwatching & Natural History Walks with Lisa Hug

March 18, 2018

In this birding series, we will celebrate Spring by exploring a different non-publicly accessible corner of the Laguna each month. During the March 18th walk, we will enjoy the wide variety of waterfowl that utilizes deep channels of the Laguna that the winter rains have brought.We will begin and end each session at Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center (hot drinks and snacks provided), and carpool to sites along the Laguna. There will be a brief PowerPoint orientation by Lisa at the beginning of the first session (March 18). Bring binoculars (spotting scope optional), a field guide, comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, water, and a packed lunch or snacks. In the case of forecasted moderate to heavy rain (determined the afternoon before), we will cancel and issue full refunds. Join us for this incredibly fun learning experience outdoors with one of the area’s foremost birders.

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12th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival

March 23 – 25, 2018

A weekend-long celebration brought together by a lively and friendly group of experts and presenters from the wonderful world of artisan cheese. The festival promotes broad awareness of the artisan cheesemaking community and enjoyment of its products.

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Museum Mondays for Little Ones: Charles Schulz Museum

March 26, 2018

Enjoy stories, arts and craft activities, and movement games Mondays at the Museum. Activities are designed for children ages 1 – 5 and their caregivers. Museum Mondays are held EVERY Monday from October – February and on the LAST Monday of every month from March – September. Cost: $5 per child; free for those displaced by fires. Up to 2 adults per child are free before 11:00 a.m. After 11:00 a.m., regular Museum admission applies.

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Triple P Parenting Class: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

March 26, 2018

FREE PROGRAM for parents with children under 6yrs of age, thanks to the Child Parent Institute. (Registration required through Child Parent Institute). Triple P Positive Parenting Program is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and to build stronger family relationships. Triple P doesn’t tell people how to parent. Rather, it gives parents simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs. Facilitated by a Triple P educator from the Child Parent Institute.

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Home School Day – Art & Creativity: Charles Schulz Museum

March 28, 2018

Invent, innovate, and delve into the creative process! Experiment with solar cars, basic coding, and a variety of hands-on art and science activities. Also, ice skate at Snoopy’s Home Ice from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Cost is $6.00 per child before March 19; chaperones are free; ice skating is an additional $5.00 per person. Advance reservations required – register online or call (707) 284-1272. Ages: Entering Grades 1-6

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Easter Egg Hunt & Family Day

March 31, 2018

Easter is fun at the Museums of Sonoma County! We have planned an Easter Egg Hunt in our Sculpture Garden for kids 13 and under! Afterwards, our museum volunteers will help the children make unique egg decorating projects. 

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Kids FREE Day: Charles Schulz Museum

March 31, 2018

Celebrate spring with hands-on crafts and free admission for kids!

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Copperfields FREE Event with Obi Kaufman

March 9, 2018

Growing up in the East Bay, Obi Kaufmann spent most of his weekends mapping Mount Diablo’s creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, Kaufmann’s lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California. His book blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before, and outlines the epic narrative of the California backcountry, which holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come.

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:Sonoma:

Sonoma International Film Festival

March 21 – 25, 2018

Now in its 20th year, the Sonoma International Film Festival takes place in the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country and will feature more than 90 hand-selected films, including independent features, documentaries, world cinema,  and short films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza. The Festival is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.

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Sonoma County Restaurant Week

March 2 – 12, 2018

The North Bay’s finest annual culinary experience. Sonoma County chefs prepare unique, prix-fixe menus only available during Restaurant Week 2018. Come and taste the local flavors of beautiful Sonoma County, CA. There are no tickets or passes required. Food lovers can simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they would like during Sonoma County Restaurant Week, explore new dining opportunities, or enjoy old favorites. Reservations are strongly recommended! 

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Annual Barrel Tasting

March 2 – 4 & 9 – 11, 2018

Members of the Wine Road would like to welcome you to our wineries and lodgings for an exciting weekend of wine tasting. This is your chance to sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. This is a chance to purchase wine now, often at a discount, then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12 – 18 months from now. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is your only chance to purchase them. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, as most wineries will not have food for this event. The ticket price includes the opportunity to sample wine from the barrel and in most cases also trying a limited number of current release wines. **Adults ONLY**

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